The Drama Book Shop is pleased to announce that acclaimed playwright and director Robert Icke will join his 1984 collaborator Duncan Macmillan for the previously announced discussion and signing on Thursday, May 25th. The 5:30pm event is free and open to the public. Primary seating, however, is granted to those who purchase a copy of the script. The playwrights will sit down for a discussion about the play and their work with playwright Steven Carl McCasland (Little Wars).
Robert Icke is an award-winning writer and theatre director. He is currently Associate Director at the Almeida. From 2010-13 he was Associate Director at Headlong, where he worked on all of the company’s productions and directed three of his own. He was the Artistic Director of the Arden Theatre Company from 2003-7 and of the Swan Theatre Company from 2005-8. Oresteia won ‘Best Director’ at the 2016 Olivier Awards, and ‘Best Director’ at both the Critics Circle and Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2015. 1984 won ‘Best Director’ at the UK Theatre Awards 2014, ‘Best Director’ at the Liverpool Arts Awards 2013, and was nominated for ‘Best New Play’ at the 2014 Olivier Awards. His acclaimed production of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, which enjoyed a sold out run at London's Almeida Theatre, will transfer to the West End.
Duncan Macmillan is an award-winning writer and theatre director whose plays include Lungs, Every Brilliant Thing and 2071 (all published by Oberon Books). His play People, Places and Things transferred from the National Theatre to the West End in 2016. Macmillan’s other plays include: 1984, co-adapted/co-directed with Robert Icke (Headlong/Nottingham Playhouse, UK tour, Almeida Theatre and West End); The Forbidden Zone (Salzburg Festival/Schaubühne Berlin); Wunschloses Unglück, adapt. Peter Handke (Burgtheater Vienna); Reise durch die Nacht, adapt. Friederike Mayröcker created with Katie Mitchell and Lyndsey Turner (Schauspielhaus Köln, Theatertreffen, Festival d’Avignon), Atmen (Schaubühne Berlin); Monster (Royal Exchange/Manchester International Festival).
Icke and Macmillan's new adaptation of George Orwell's iconic novel 1984 plays Broadway after four wildly successful U.K. runs. One of the most widely referenced and best known fiction titles of all time, 1984 was first published in 1949. Interest in the title has spiked in the wake of the controversial 2016 Presidential election, sending it to #1 on many bestseller lists.
The Tony Award-winning Drama Book Shop, now in its 100th Anniversary Year, is located at 250 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.dramabookshop.com.